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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734173/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tilburg-frailty-indicator-tfi-among-chinese-community-dwelling-older-people
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Lijuan Dong, Na Liu, Xiaoyu Tian, Xiaoxia Qiao, Robbert J J Gobbens, Robert L Kane, Cuili Wang
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI) into Chinese and assess its reliability and validity. METHODS: A sample of 917 community-dwelling older people, aged ≥60 years, in a Chinese city was included between August 2015 and March 2016. Construct validity was assessed using alternative measures corresponding to the TFI items, including self-rated health status (SRH), unintentional weight loss, walking speed, timed-up-and-go tests (TUGT), making telephone calls, grip strength, exhaustion, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Geriatric Depression scale (GDS-15), emotional role, Adaptability Partnership Growth Affection and Resolve scale (APGAR) and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS)...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732053/dysregulation-of-pulmonary-endothelial-protein-c-receptor-and-thrombomodulin-in-severe-falciparum-malaria-associated-ards-relevant-to-hemozoin
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Sitang Maknitikul, Natthanej Luplertlop, Georges E R Grau, Sumate Ampawong
To investigate the role of the protein C system, endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) and thrombomodulin (TM) in the pathogenesis of malaria-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in relation to hemozoin and proinflammatory cytokines-induced type II pneumocyte injury and -aggravated pulmonary resolution. A total of 29 left-over lung specimens that were obtained from patients who died from severe falciparum malaria were examined. Histopathological, immunohistochemical and electron microscopic analyses revealed that ARDS coexisted with pulmonary edema and systemic bleeding; the severity was dependent on the level of hemozoin deposition in the lung and internal alveolar hemorrhaging...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731964/the-relationship-between-environmental-sound-awareness-and-speech-recognition-skills-in-experienced-cochlear-implant-users
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Michael S Harris, Lauren Boyce, David B Pisoni, Valeriy Shafiro, Aaron C Moberly
HYPOTHESIS: 1) Environmental sound awareness (ESA) and speech recognition skills in experienced, adult cochlear implant (CI) users will be highly correlated, and, 2) ESA skills of CI users will be significantly lower than those of age-matched adults with normal hearing. BACKGROUND: Enhancement of ESA is often discussed with patients with sensorineural hearing loss as a potential benefit of implantation and, in some cases, ESA may be a major motivating factor. Despite its ecological validity and patients' expectations, ESA remains largely a presumed skill...
July 20, 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729874/systematic-analysis-of-hsf-family-genes-in-the-brassica-napus-genome-reveals-novel-responses-to-heat-drought-and-high-co2-stresses
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Xiaoyi Zhu, Chunqian Huang, Liang Zhang, Hongfang Liu, Jinhui Yu, Zhiyong Hu, Wei Hua
Drought and heat stress are major causes of lost plant crop yield. In the future, high levels of CO2, in combination of other abiotic stress factors, will become a novel source of stress. Little is known of the mechanisms involved in the acclimation responses of plants to this combination of abiotic stress factors, though it has been demonstrated that heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are involved in plant response to various abiotic stresses. In this study, we performed a genome-wide identification and a systematic analysis of genes in the Hsf gene family in Brassica napus...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729669/active-ktao3-hybrid-terahertz-metamaterial
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Liang Wu, Jinglong Liu, Hui Li, Chunfeng Ding, Ningning Xu, Xiaolei Zhao, Zongcheng Xu, Quan Sheng, Jianquan Yao, Jining Li, Xin Ding, Weili Zhang
The dielectric properties of an active KTaO3 hybrid metamaterial structure and its tunability under external electric fields are investigated at room temperature by means of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. Application of the electric field leads to an appreciable tuning of the dielectric loss, which is up to 17%. Meanwhile, the refractive index also changes appreciably. These findings are attributed to the internal space charge field in the crystal caused by the excited free carriers.
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729444/an-atoh1-s193a-phospho-mutant-allele-causes-hearing-deficits-and-motor-impairment
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Wei Rose Xie, Hsin-I Jen, Michelle L Seymour, Szu-Ying Yeh, Fred A Pereira, Andrew K Groves, Tiemo J Klisch, Huda Y Zoghbi
Atoh1 is a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor that is essential for the genesis, survival, and maturation of a variety of neuronal and non-neuronal cell populations, including those involved in proprioception, interoception, balance, respiration, and hearing. Such diverse functions require fine regulation at the transcriptional and protein levels. Here we show that serine 193 (S193) is phosphorylated in Atoh1's bHLH domain in vivo Knock-in mice of both sexes bearing a GFP-tagged phospho-dead S193A allele on a null background (Atoh1(S193A/lacZ) ) exhibit mild cerebellar foliation defects, motor impairments, and also partial pontine nucleus migration defects, cochlear hair cell degeneration, and profound hearing loss...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729244/apoptosis-repressor-with-caspase-recruitment-domain-ameliorates-amyloid-induced-%C3%AE-cell-apoptosis-and-jnk-pathway-activation
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Andrew T Templin, Tanya Samarasekera, Daniel T Meier, Meghan F Hogan, Mahnaz Mellati, Michael T Crow, Richard N Kitsis, Sakeneh Zraika, Rebecca L Hull, Steven E Kahn
Islet amyloid is present in more than 90% of individuals with type 2 diabetes, where it contributes to β-cell apoptosis and insufficient insulin secretion. Apoptosis repressor with caspase recruitment domain (ARC) binds and inactivates components of the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis pathways, and was recently found to be expressed in islet β cells. Using a human islet amyloid polypeptide transgenic mouse model of islet amyloidosis, we show ARC knockdown increases amyloid-induced β-cell apoptosis and loss, while ARC overexpression decreases amyloid-induced apoptosis, thus preserving β cells...
July 20, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728951/quality-of-life-and-cochlear-implant-results-in-adults-with-postlingual-hearing-loss
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Aline Faria de Sousa, Maria Inês Vieira Couto, Ana Claudia Martinho-Carvalho
INTRODUCTION: Considering the variability of results found in the clinical population using a cochlear implant, researchers in the area have been interested in the inclusion of quality of life measures to subjectively assess the benefits of the implantation. OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of life of adult users of cochlear implant. METHODS: A cross-sectional and clinical study in a group of 26 adults of both genders, with mean duration of cochlear implant use of 6...
July 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728821/the-kinetics-and-the-permeation-properties-of-piezo-channels
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R Gnanasambandam, P A Gottlieb, F Sachs
Piezo channels are eukaryotic, cation-selective mechanosensitive channels (MSCs), which show rapid activation and voltage-dependent inactivation. The kinetics of these channels are largely consistent across multiple cell types and different stimulation paradigms with some minor variability. No accessory subunits that associate with Piezo channels have been reported. They are homotrimers and each ∼300kD monomer has an N-terminal propeller blade-like mechanosensing module, which can confer mechanosensing capabilities on ASIC-1 (the trimeric non-MSC, acid-sensing ion channel-1) and a C-terminal pore module, which influences conductance, selectivity, and channel inactivation...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728023/persistent-expression-of-vcam1-in-radial-glial-cells-is-required-for-the-embryonic-origin-of-postnatal-neural-stem-cells
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Xiao-Ling Hu, Guo Chen, Sanguo Zhang, Jiangli Zheng, Jun Wu, Qing-Ran Bai, Yue Wang, Ji Li, Huanhuan Wang, Han Feng, Jia Li, Xicai Sun, Qijun Xia, Fan Yang, Jing Hang, Chang Qi, Timothy N Phoenix, Sally Temple, Qin Shen
During development, neural stem cells (NSCs) undergo transitions from neuroepithelial cells to radial glial cells (RGCs), and later, a subpopulation of slowly dividing RGCs gives rise to the quiescent adult NSCs that populate the ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ). Here we show that VCAM1, a transmembrane protein previously found in quiescent adult NSCs, is expressed by a subpopulation of embryonic RGCs, in a temporal and region-specific manner. Loss of VCAM1 reduced the number of active embryonic RGCs by stimulating their premature neuronal differentiation while preventing quiescence in the slowly dividing RGCs...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727935/food-addiction-a-barrier-for-effective-weight-management-for-obese-adolescents
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Connie L Tompkins, Jennifer Laurent, David W Brock
BACKGROUND: Findings from studies of food addiction in adults suggest those with food addiction are less successful in weight-loss interventions. Little is known about food addiction in obesity treatment-seeking adolescents; therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of food addiction and correlates of food addiction symptoms in obese adolescents entering an outpatient, weight management program. METHODS: Obese adolescents (n = 26) were administered the Yale Food Addiction Scale for Children (YFAS-C), measures of appetitive responsiveness, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) before and following a 12-week, outpatient, behavioral weight management program...
July 20, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725706/the-effect-of-deep-brain-stimulation-on-the-non-motor-symptoms-of-parkinson-s-disease-a-critical-review-of-the-current-evidence
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Mónica M Kurtis, Thadshani Rajah, Luisa F Delgado, Haidar S Dafsari
The benefit of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in controlling the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease is well established, however, the impact on the non-motor symptoms (NMS) remains to be elucidated, although the growing investigative efforts are promising. This article reviews the reported data and considers the level of evidence available with regard to the effect of DBS on NMS total burden and on the cognitive, neuropsychiatric, sleep, pain, dysautonomic, and weight domains. Multiple case series suggest that DBS improves the burden of NMS by reducing prevalence, intensity, and non-motor fluctuations...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725490/muc1-o-glycosylation-contributes-to-anoikis-resistance-in-epithelial-cancer-cells
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Tushar Piyush, Jonathan M Rhodes, Lu-Gang Yu
Anoikis is a fundamental cellular process for maintaining tissue homeostasis. Resistance to anoikis is a hallmark of oncogenic epithelial-mesenchymal transition and is a pre-requisite for metastasis. Previous studies have revealed that the heavily glycosylated mucin protein MUC1, which is overexpressed in all types of epithelial cancer cells, prevents anoikis initiation in response to loss of adhesion. This effect of MUC1 is largely attributed to its extracellular domain that provides cell surface anoikis-initiating molecules with a 'homing' microenvironment...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725234/major-novel-qtl-for-resistance-to-cassava-bacterial-blight-identified-through-a-multi-environmental-analysis
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Johana C Soto Sedano, Rubén E Mora Moreno, Boby Mathew, Jens Léon, Fabio A Gómez Cano, Agim Ballvora, Camilo E López Carrascal
Cassava, Manihot esculenta Crantz, has been positioned as one of the most promising crops world-wide representing the staple security for more than one billion people mainly in poor countries. Cassava production is constantly threatened by several diseases, including cassava bacterial blight (CBB) caused by Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. manihotis (Xam), it is the most destructive disease causing heavy yield losses. Here, we report the detection and localization on the genetic map of cassava QTL (Quantitative Trait Loci) conferring resistance to CBB...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725215/prolyl-hydroxylase-domain-2-inhibition-improves-skeletal-muscle-regeneration-in-a-male-murine-model-of-obesity
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Indranil Sinha, Dharaniya Sakthivel, Benjamin A Olenchock, Carla R Kruse, Jeremy Williams, David E Varon, Jessica D Smith, Arin L Madenci, Kristo Nuutila, Amy J Wagers
Obesity leads to a loss of muscle mass and impaired muscle regeneration. In obese individuals, pathologically elevated levels of prolyl hydroxylase domain enzyme 2 (PHD2) limit skeletal muscle hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression. Loss of local VEGF may further impair skeletal muscle regeneration. We hypothesized that PHD2 inhibition would restore vigorous muscle regeneration in a murine model of obesity. Adult (22-week-old) male mice were fed either a high-fat diet (HFD), with 60% of calories derived from fat, or a regular diet (RD), with 10% of calories derived from fat, for 16 weeks...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725057/efficient-generation-of-single-domain-antibodies-with-high-affinities-and-enhanced-thermal-stabilities
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Naoya Shinozaki, Ryuji Hashimoto, Kiichi Fukui, Susumu Uchiyama
Single domain antibodies (sdAbs), made of natural single variable regions of camelid or cartilaginous fish antibodies, or unpaired variable regions of mouse or human IgGs, are some of the more promising biologic modalities. However, such conventional sdAbs have difficulties of either using unwieldy animals for immunization or having high affinity deficiencies. Herein, we offer a versatile method to generate rabbit variable domain of heavy chain (rVH) derived sdAbs with high affinities (K D values of single digit nM or less) and enhanced thermal stabilities (equal to or even higher than those of camelid derived sdAbs)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724724/brct-domain-protein-brit1-influences-class-switch-recombination
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Wei-Feng Yen, Ashutosh Chaudhry, Bharat Vaidyanathan, William T Yewdell, Joseph N Pucella, Rahul Sharma, Yulong Liang, Kaiyi Li, Alexander Y Rudensky, Jayanta Chaudhuri
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) serve as obligatory intermediates for Ig heavy chain (Igh) class switch recombination (CSR). The mechanisms by which DSBs are resolved to promote long-range DNA end-joining while suppressing genomic instability inherently associated with DSBs are yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we use a targeted short-hairpin RNA screen in a B-cell lymphoma line to identify the BRCT-domain protein BRIT1 as an effector of CSR. We show that conditional genetic deletion of BRIT1 in mice leads to a marked increase in unrepaired Igh breaks and a significant reduction in CSR in ex vivo activated splenic B cells...
July 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724630/altered-met-receptor-phosphorylation-and-lrp1-mediated-uptake-in-cells-lacking-carbohydrate-dependent-lysosomal-targeting
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Megan Aarnio-Peterson, Peng Zhao, Seok-Ho Yu, Courtney Christian, Heather Flanagan-Steet, Lance Wells, Richard Steet
Acid hydrolases utilize a carbohydrate-dependent mechanism for lysosomal targeting. These hydrolases acquire a mannose 6-phosphate tag by the action of the GlcNAc-1-phosphotransferase enzyme, allowing them to bind receptors and traffic to endosomes. Loss of GlcNAc-1-phosphotransferase results in hydrolase hypersecretion and profound lysosomal storage. Little, however, is known about how these cellular phenotypes affect the trafficking, activity and localization of surface glycoproteins. To address this question, we profiled the abundance of surface glycoproteins in WT and CRISPR-mediated GNPTAB-/- HeLa cells and identified changes in numerous glycoproteins including the uptake receptor LRP1 and multiple receptor tyrosine kinases...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724605/heterozygous-loss-of-function-mutation-in-odd-skipped-related-1-osr1-is-associated-with-vesico-ureteric-reflux-duplex-systems-and-hydronephrosis
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Marie-Lyne Fillion, Jasmine El Andalousi, Fatima Tokhmafshan, Vasikar Murugapoopathy, Christine L Watt, Inga J Murawski, John-Paul Capolicchio, Mohamed El-Sherbiny, Roman Jednak, Indra Rani Gupta
Osr1 is a transcriptional repressor that plays critical roles in maintaining the mesenchymal stem cell population within the developing kidney. Here, we report that newborn pups with a heterozygous null mutation in Osr1 exhibit a 21% incidence of vesico-ureteric reflux and have hydronephrosis and urinary tract duplications. Newborn pups have a short intravesical ureter resulting in a less competent uretero-vesical junction which arises from a delay in urinary tract development. We describe a new domain of Osr1 expression in the ureteral mesenchyme and within the developing bladder in the mouse...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723878/evolution-of-surgery-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis-over-20-years-have-outcomes-improved
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Baron S Lonner, Yuan Ren, Burt Yaszay, Patrick J Cahill, Suken A Shah, Randal R Betz, Amer F Samdani, Harry L Shufflebarger, Peter O Newton
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of a prospective Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) registry OBJECTIVE.: To study the evolution of the operative approach, outcomes and complication rates in AIS surgery over the past 20 years. METHODS: 1819 AIS patients (1995-2013) with 2-year F/U were studied. Operative approach, perioperative parameters, major complication rates, and SRS outcomes were assessed. Linear regression was used to assess the trend of changes over 5-year quartiles...
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